Domaine de Fontsainte Corbieres "Reserve la Demoiselle" 2015
60% Carignan (planted in 1904), 30% Grenache Noir, 10% Mourvèdre
Winemaking: Grenache and Mourvèdre are de-stemmed by hand; Carignan goes through carbonic maceration. Fermentation lasts for approximately 15 days in temperature-controlled cuves. Wine rests in cement tank for 6 months before being racked into barrel. 60% of wine ages for 8 - 12 months in French oak barrels, remainder in cement tank
The first vineyards at Domaine de Fontsainte, in the Corbières appellation, were planted by the Romans. Artifacts found in these vineyards, such as an old coin dating from the time of Marcus Agrippa in 25 A.D., are a testament to its antiquity. The original domaine was built around a thermal spring, which was later named for the local, twelfth-century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte—the saint’s fount. Yves Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the seventeenth century. His son Bruno now runs the operation.
The Fontsainte vineyards surround the hamlet of Boutenac in the area known as “The Golden Crescent.” This swath of land is one of the sunniest in the appellation of Corbières, enjoying south-southeast exposure, and protection from the cold, northeast winds by a large 500-hectare forest. The cooler sea breezes from the Mediterranean help this sun-soaked terroir achieve balance as well. Like many of the vignerons that we work with, Bruno believes that “great wines are made in the vineyard” and less in the cellars. He farms the land sustainably and keeps treatments to a minimum. Silica, clay, and limestone dominate the subsoil of Fontsainte’s vineyards. Many of their vines are older, especially the parcel known as La Demoiselle, which recently celebrated its hundredth year.